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Release Notes for Grml 2011.05-rc1 - codename Just Mari

Notice: Grml 2011.05-rc1 is a RELEASE CANDIDATE and not yet the stable release!


Grml is a bootable live system (Live-CD) based on Debian. It includes a collection of GNU/Linux software especially for system administrators and users of texttools. Grml provides automatic hardware detection. Grml is the perfect rescue system, but you can also use it for analyzing systems/networks or as a working environment. It is not necessary to install anything to a harddisk; you don't even need a harddisk to run it. Due to on-the-fly decompression Grml includes about 2 GB of software and documentation on the live system.

New features

Special new features:

Important Changes


Based on vanilla kernel including several patches and additional modules:

  aufs iscsitarget ndiswrapper openafs speakup sysprof
  tp-smapi virtualbox-ose-guest xtables-addons

Visit for more details regarding Grml's kernel. (Note that lzma and squashfs are now part of the mainline kernel.)


Fixed several bugs and issues reported in the bug tracking system.

Packages / Software

Details about shipped packages and their versions on Grml are available at the Debian section. Visit dpkg_list for a detailed list of packages shipped with Grml 2011.05-rc1.


Updated all packages to Debian Unstable branch by 15th of May 2011 (plus some further selected updates).

Removed 80 packages (excluding lib* and *2.6.36-grml*) - please notice that some of them are available under different names/in different packages:

  *2.6.36-grml* lib*

  3270-common asn1c backuppc c3270 cdda2wav cedet-common
  cfengine2 console-terminus cpp-4.4 csstidy ctrlproxy
  detachtty dired doxygen eieio ekeyd g++-4.4 gcc-4.2-base
  gcc-4.4 glipper-nognome hal hal-info iamerican ispell
  libafterimage0 libaudio-scrobbler-perl log2mail lua5.1
  modconf mp3c muscletools nilfs2-tools noshell opie-client
  orpheus perl-suid portmap postfix-ldap pperl prismstumbler
  python-openssl pytris qprof rc s3switch samba-common-bin
  sbm spell spellutils spicctrl tasksel tasksel-data tetradraw
  tiny tn5250 unrar-free user-setup viewglob weechat
  weechat-core weechat-curses weechat-plugins weechat-scripts
  xcardii xfaces xmms2 xmms2-client-cli xmss2-core xmms2-icon
  xmms2-plugin-alsa xmms2-plugin-id3v2 xmms2-plugin-jack
  xmms2-plugin-mad xmms2-plugin-vorbis xserver-xorg-input-wacom
  xserver-xorg-video-geode xserver-xorg-video-nv
  xtables-addons-common yatm zec

Added 27 new packages (exluding lib* and *2.6.38-grml*):

  clipit console-setup-linux cpp-4.6 etherboot-qemu
  firmware-realtek g++-4.6 gcc-4.6 gcc-4.6-base gir1.2-glib-2.0
  git-man grml-feedback grml-scripts-core gs-cjk-resource
  nginx-common nginx-full nvidia-common openafs-client
  qemu-keymaps qemu-utils ratpoison rdfind rpcbind rs
  ruby-ncurses seabios snmp v4l-utils

Major news since release 2010.12

Known issues

Take a look at the release candidate webpage in the grml-wiki. Please report problems using information on

Download Grml 2011.05-rc1

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Your comments, bug reports, patches, and suggestions will help fixing bugs and improving future releases. If you find a problem with the release please check grml_2011.05 @ grml-wiki and report problems using information on Please send your feedback and feature requests to the Grml team!


The Grml team specially wants to thank Marianne, you know who you are!

Many thanks in this release go to (alphabetically) Andreas Korsten, Axel Beckert. Bernhard Tittelbach, Bert Schulze, Christoph Biedl, Dennis Hoppe, Faheem Mitha, Joerg Mueller, Johann Felix Soden, Jordi Funollet, Jordan Uggla, K. Wulff, Lukas Prokop, Martin Scharm, Matthias Kopfermann, Michael Renner, Moritz Augsburger, Richard Hartmann, Roger Leigh, Sebastian Boehm, Sedat Dilek, Thomas Koehler, Thorsten Glaser, Vsevolod Kozlov, for their contributions.

We also would like to thank everyone who filled out the Grml user survey 2011.

Release of the stable version

The stable release of Grml 2011.05 is scheduled for end of May 2011.

More Information

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